Libraries - distributed environments

Wils review

Tom Zillner has written a review of Lorcan Dempsey’s The Recombinant Library: Portals and People (28 pp.). See Tom’s review (three-page PDF). [WiLS News]

Another CIP

Several colleagues met with Norbert Lossau of Bielefeld University this morning. Norbert is on a tour of US universities and Jay arranged for him to visit OCLC. Bielefeld is working with FAST — the text search company — to create library gateway services. One of the interesting things they are exploring with the FAST developers … Continue reading Another CIP

u-Portal

I argued a while ago that libraries’ integration challenge was not so much to integrate information resources with each other as it was to integrate them with emerging user environments. Examples I gave were the campus portal and the learning management system. I have just got an email from a former colleague commenting on this: … Continue reading u-Portal

Library lookup and XISBN

Nice note on Jon Udell’s blog about XISBN: It actually sort of works, which says a lot for the flexibility of Web and XML technologies. But the big news here is OCLC’s decision to expose its grouping algorithm as a public XML Web service. I hope this signals the beginning of a closer relationship between … Continue reading Library lookup and XISBN

Unplug and play

I think this is a very nice phrase to describe some of what is happening as we look at service oriented approaches. Implementing an SOA leads to agile application assembly, which is a new approach to application development, maintenance and integration that I like to call ‘Unplug and play’: “… achieved by unplugging rigid integrations … Continue reading Unplug and play

Trip Report – DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPP

The October DLF Steering Committee meeting included a presentation from Laura Campbell (LC) and Clay Shirky (consultant) about NDIIPP. There was considerable focus on the technical architecture being developed. They were not able to talk about the current solicitation (they can only answer questions submitted in writing). Final decisions about successful proposals under the current … Continue reading Trip Report – DLF Steering Committee and NDIIPP

Dynix and web services

We use Web Services with our new Vendor Integration Protocol (VIP), through which acquisitions librarians can check book pricing and availability within a matter of seconds with their book jobber. Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Book Wholesalers, Inc., and Brodart all support the VIP protocol. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Literally any transaction … Continue reading Dynix and web services

Program for managing university information in Australia

Announced on 22 October: Australias research information will become more easily accessible and better managed thanks to more than $12 million in funding to improve infrastructure. [Peter McGauran MP, Commonwealth Minister for Science – Media Centre] The funded projects are: * Meta Access Management System; * Towards an Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories; * The … Continue reading Program for managing university information in Australia

Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

The October 16 issue of ShelfLife refers to my forthcoming article on portals (now on the website): This article explores the design and use of portals in a library environment. It discusses the motivations for building portals, it discusses portal architectures and typology, and it examines the user environment in which portals are being deployed. … Continue reading Recombinant libraries and special collections in ShelfLife

Common services

JISC has issued a call for proposals for studies in digital rights management, authorization, institutional profiling and other services. This is in line with growing interest in “common services” or what JISC calls shared services. The JISC Shared Services Programme: To enable portals and other presentation services to make sense of the diverse digital resource, … Continue reading Common services